Stefano Domenicali insists that the F1 title fight is wide open once again on the back of Fernando Alonso's victory in the Italian Grand Prix.
Alonso bounced back from his retirement late on at Spa to secure his third win of the year and a popular win in front of the Tifosi on his first outing for Ferrari at Monza.
With Lewis Hamilton failing to finish and Mark Webber down in sixth place, Alonso is now just 21 points behind Webber in the standings, while a race victory covers the top five drivers in the championship race.
The title race is now wide open heading away from Europe for the final fly-away events and Domenicali said the team needed to keep the pressure on to keep its title bid on track.
“This victory was a team effort, which came at the end of a very busy week, which culminated this afternoon,” he said. “It was fantastic to be on the podium, singing the national anthem along with all our fans: it's the sort of feeling that gives you goose bumps! It was an extremely close race from the first to the last lap, fighting against a very strong opponent.
“The win has come at just the right time and at the right place. It is the result of all the work from the Gestione Sportiva and our technical and commercial partners, first and foremost, Philip Morris, Santander and Shell, who always provide us with vital support. This season continues to throw up surprises: after the knock back in Spa, it might have looked as though we had had it, but we were not ready to think that way.
“We have always said we are not the sort to throw in the towel. Now the championship situation has opened up again, even if we are still up against very strong opposition. We will enjoy this victory for one night and from tomorrow morning we will be back at work, preparing down to the smallest detail for the next of these finals, namely the one in Singapore.”